HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Carson  Cruz  Bush  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Dear FRiends, Please keep those donations coming in. We need your loyal support now more than ever. Thank you for your support, James

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $74,547
Woo hoo!! And now less than $13.5k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Pope Francis Confirms Mexico Trip, Including Stop at US Border

    11/25/2015 2:46:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/25/15 | Inés San Martín
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to visit Mexico in February 2016, including a stop at Ciudad Juarez on the US/Mexican border, a gesture clearly intended to express the pontiff's solidarity with immigrants making their way to America in search of opportunity. "I'm going to leave through [Ciudad Juarez] because I wanted to enter the United States from this city," the pontiff said to reporters traveling with him on a six-day swing through Africa. He was referring to his trip to the US last September, when Francis had originally hoped to make a...
  • How God Uses Problems In Your Life

    11/25/2015 10:38:04 AM PST · by damonw · 7 replies
    Discerning Sound Doctrine ^ | 11/25/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    This little jem was posted in a forum and a friend pasted it to his facebook page, so I am sharing it here. The authors name is Amanda Hadaway. —————————————— 1. God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. Proverbs 20:30 2. God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags . . . if you...
  • Archbishop Ganswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

    11/24/2015 7:15:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/21/5 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Robert Sarah's boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Ganswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book 'God or Nothing' - an interview with Cardinal Sarah by Nicolas Diat - the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI compared the cardinal favorably to Pope Galasius I whom the Church, by coincidence, commemorated on Nov. 20. Gelasius' letter to the Emperor Anastasius I...
  • Pope Names First Catholic Bishop to Oversee Anglican Ordinariate

    11/24/2015 7:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/24/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 24, 2015 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. Bishop-elect Lopes, 40, is originally from the Archdiocese of San Francisco in the United States, and currently serves as an official for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the FaithHe will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to shepherd the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Personal...
  • Fr. Miscamble Can't Tell Students How to Get a Catholic Education at Notre Dame

    11/24/2015 2:50:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 11/22/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Earlier this month, the great Sycamore Trust created a website called NDCatholic.com which would assist Notre Dame students in finding those professors and courses on campus that could be counted on to deliver an "authentic Catholic education." Great idea, right? On top of that, they had the great Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., making his very well informed recommendations to students on the website. Great idea, right? In fact, so many students thought it was a great idea that the website reportedly crashed on the first day. Well, it seems to me the university's administration didn't like the idea. The...
  • Will the Poor Really Always Be With Us?

    11/23/2015 2:27:02 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 23, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    “Those who want to eradicate poverty make the Son of God a liar. They are mistaken and lying.”  ∼ Robert Cardinal Sarah“The economic problem … has been solved already: we know how to provide enough and do not require any hostile, inhuman, aggressive technologies to do so. There is no economic problem and, in a sense, there never has been.”  ∼ E. F. SchumacherI.In Chapter 19 of Luke, we have the account of one Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax-collector in Jericho. As he seems to have been short in stature, he climbs a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus who was...
  • Church of England Threatens to Sue Over Banned Cinema Advert About the Lord's Prayer

    11/23/2015 6:44:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 11/23/15 | Sean Smith
    The Church of England said that it may sue the three largest cinema chains in the UK after they banned a 60-second advert promoting prayer. The short film Just Pray was passed with a U certificate by the British Board of Film Classification and received clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority. But Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, which run almost 300 of the 750 cinemas in the UK rejected the advert because they said it would "offend" audiences. The Church of England planned to run the advert before the new...
  • U.S. Bishops Clash as Pope Francis Appointees Push to Downplay Battle for Life and Family

    11/22/2015 10:41:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/20/15 | LifeSiteNews/ Lisa Bourne and Patrick B. Craine
    BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A group of Pope Francis' episcopal appointees and other like-minded prelates provoked an open clash at the American Catholic bishops' fall meeting in Baltimore this week as they pressed the conference to rewrite its election guide for 2016 to downplay the importance of the battle for life and family. Ahead of a vote on a revision to the bishops' Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Bishop Robert McElroy made a pointed argument that the document was out of step with Pope Francis' priorities - specifically, by putting too much emphasis on abortion and euthanasia,...
  • Archbp Chaput: European Churches that Give Communion to 'Remarried' are Violating Catholic Teaching

    11/21/2015 11:25:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/20/15 | John-Henry Westen
    PHILADELPHIA, November 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has definitively called out his brother bishops in Europe who have allowed Communion for remarried divorcees, saying they have "departed from authentic Catholic teaching." His remarks come in a lengthy essay on mercy published in the December issue of First Things. The Church, he says, "cannot be merciful without being truthful," and a pastoral approach which ignores that we are called to conversion, "out of a thinly veiled pastoral despair and accommodationism will result in less faith, not more." Indeed, continues Chaput, "this is what we see happening in Europe,...
  • Neurotic Priests Scare Me, Says Pope

    11/21/2015 11:16:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    Global Post ^ | 11/20/15 | AFP
    Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them. In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the 78-year-old pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. "I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests," he said. "I keep away from them. They bite!" Francis resorted to humor to make a serious point that some people who are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable - and that inevitably creates problems for the church if they are not...
  • The Difference Between a Spiritual Father and an Elder [Orthodox-Catholic Caucus]

    11/20/2015 5:07:02 PM PST · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-20-2015 | Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos
    By Archimandrite Paul Papadopoulos Many times while talking about Christ we lose Christ, while we talk about the Cross we avoid our own personal cross, refusing to lift it and walk behind Christ. While we go to a spiritual father to reconcile with God through the Mystery of Confession we rather connect with the person of our spiritual father and we put the person of Christ on the margins of this relationship. This is wrong. The work of the spiritual father is to lead the penitent to Christ, to the restoration of their relationship and not to make them...
  • Revised Voting Guide Spurs Scrutiny, Debate at Bishops’ Meeting (Catholic Caucus)

    11/20/2015 2:52:47 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 20, 2015
    Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., center, prays during the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 17. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed...
  • Church Official Suggests Expanding Religious Education in Schools to Prevent Terrorism [Russia]

    11/20/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/20/15
    *** Metropolitan Hilarion urges 'to refuse liberal cliches'Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The role of religion in Russian society should be strengthened, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, believes. "It's time to finally give up this idea of the separation of the church from the state and school from the church, which envisages that religion should not have a direct presence in the secular educational space," the metropolitan said on Friday at a joint meeting of the Federation Council and the State Duma on counterterrorism. He supposes that "lectures on foundations of religious...
  • The Missionary Vision of the Martyred Fr. Daniel Sysoev

    11/19/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-20-2015 | Edward Hunter
    The following paper was written by a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY for a course focusing on Orthodox missionary activity throughout the world in the Fall 2014 semester. Fr. Daniel SysoevBy all accounts, Fr. Daniel Sysoev was a powerful and effective missionary priest. According to his missionary companion and close friend, Prof. Yuri Maximov (now Priest Giorgy Maximov.—O.C.), Fr. Daniel turned “around 500 Protestants” to Orthodoxy and personally “baptized more than 80 Muslims” in his fourteen years of ordained ministry.1 He built a church community and mission center in an immigrant district in Moscow and had great...
  • Overrated Synod. Before All Else in the Church There Is a Crisis of Faith

    11/19/2015 4:25:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 11/19/15 | Sandro Magister
    This is what African cardinal Robert Sarah maintains in his book "God or Nothing" and in the discussion that has followed. An exclusive preview of his remarks in the next issue of "L'Homme Nouveau" ROME, November 19, 2015 - In the four jam-packed pages of the dossier that the French Catholic magazine "L'Homme Nouveau" is about to publish in its next issue, the word "synod" does not occur even once. Much less does one find cited there the "Relatio finalis" that the synod fathers have delivered to the pope. And yet the topics addressed in the dossier include the most...
  • What Africa can teach Francis

    11/19/2015 2:59:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 1, 2015 | Father Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Very soon Pope Francis will be in Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. This will be the first time Pope Francis has ever been to the continent, and it may well be a game-changer – not for Africa, but for him.
  • 'We're in awe': New Orthodox church in Halifax opens at former Saint Matthias Anglican Church

    11/18/2015 9:22:50 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Halifax Metro ^ | 11-15-2015 | Stephanie Taylor
    Fifteen years ago, Affaf El-Jakl remembers there was talk of building a new church to accommodate the growing congregation of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church. And on Sunday, that hope finally became reality. “We’re in awe,” El-Jakl, president of the parish council said Sunday morning, as hundreds of parishioners filed into the sanctuary, filling it to capacity until there was only standing room and the upper balcony left to sit. "It's not everyday a new church is built and opened." The crowd gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the new church with the first of what would be many Sunday masses...
  • Dr. Robert Jeffress Addresses Paris Attacks (11/15/15)

    11/18/2015 2:01:24 AM PST · by knarf · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dr. Robert Jeffress
    Shared by sneakers
  • Vatican Secretary of State: The Holy Year Is Open to Muslims!

    11/17/2015 12:02:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    La Repubblica ^ | November 16, 2015
    The Secretary of the Vatican State, reaffirms that there will be no step back: We are launching a campaign of mercy. The events in Paris don't change anything in the Pope's agenda. VATICAN CITY - Respond with mercy and hospitality to violence. The Secretary of the Vatican State, Pietro Parolin, has confirmed that the Jubilee (from December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016) is on schedule, as the spokesman for the Holy See, Padre Lombardi had already said, and that, in fact, will be open also to Muslims. "In a world torn by violence, it is the right time to...
  • In Lieu of Female Deacons, a Proposal (Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2015 2:07:55 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 11, 2015 | JENNA M. COOPER, J.C.L.
    On October 6, 2015, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Canada surprised Catholic Synod observers when he called for more study on the possibility of women deacons. In the course of his allotted three-minute address to the assembled bishops at the Synod on the Family, the Archbishop suggested that admitting women to the permanent diaconate could help affirm the dignity of women by giving them a wider role in the Church. He proposed this as something he considered feasible, given that the diaconate is traditionally ordered “non ad sacerdotium, sed ad ministerium” (“not to priesthood, but to ministry”).The goal of...
  • Pope Francis Stirs Debate on Lutheran Spouses of Catholics Receiving Communion

    11/16/2015 6:15:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/16/15 | Mark Greaves
    The Pope tells Lutheran woman to 'talk to the Lord' in discerning whether or not to participate in CommunionPope Francis has suggested a Lutheran spouse of a Catholic should "talk to the Lord" in discerning whether or not to receive Holy Communion with her husband. Francis made the remark during a Q&A at a visit to Rome's Evangelical Lutheran church on Sunday. During the visit he presented the church's pastor with the same chalice he had given the Archbishops of Washington, New York and Philadelphia while in the United States. The Pope was asked whether a Lutheran and Catholic married...
  • Diocese of Lafayette Unveils Mobile Confessional

    11/16/2015 6:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    KATC.com ^ | 11/12/15 | Kendria LaFleur
    The Lafayette Diocese has created a new and easier way for outreach with the Catholic Church. They've converted an old ambulance into a mobile confessional called a spiritual care unit. With a picture of Jesus and Bible verses on the side, the new unit is for spiritual emergencies, specifically remodeled for prayer and confessions. "It's a way that we can give some pride and public expression of our Catholic faith that is not just meant for the walls of the church, but on the streets," Father Michael Champagne, a priest at Lafayette Diocese, said. The unit is part of Pope...
  • The Peacemakers

    11/15/2015 4:51:18 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-15-2015 | Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh
    The Peacemakers Metropolitan Younan al-Souri of Zahleh Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9). Can a person make peace!? And what do you think peace is...?! The Lord says, " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). No one makes peace-- that is, no one gives peace-- apart from those who have peace, Christ's peace. One who has Christ's peace is not troubled and...
  • Merlin Falcon & Jungle Friends

    11/14/2015 3:16:25 PM PST · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11-14-2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is an animation of a Merlin Falcon in flight, a roaring tiger in it jungle resting place and a South American Parakeet (Perija) that is listed as critically endangered and is a threatened species is quoting biblical scriptures. In the Bible, Philippians 1: 18 says this; What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. My animation are good to go and I rejoice as well. :)
  • Chinese Cardinal: U.S. Supreme Court Overthrew Democratic Process in Gay Marriage Case

    11/14/2015 7:06:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | 11/13/15 | Gregory Tomlin
    HONG KONG (Christian Examiner) - The leader of Catholics in Hong Kong, one of China's most densely populated cities, has issued a pastoral letter to his congregants encouraging them to elect candidates for local public office who hold traditional views on the family and marriage and oppose proposals to open Hong Kong to same-sex marriage. In the letter dated Nov. 5, two days before Hong Kong's annual gay pride parade, Cardinal John Tong wrote "extreme liberalism, individualism, sexual liberation and the gay rights movement, under the guise of equality and the fight against discrimination, have all along been advocating the...
  • Jesus the Lord is Worthy Forever

    11/14/2015 4:21:09 AM PST · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11/14/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that dose the will of God abides for ever. I John 2: 17 Video and singing with mandolin by Revski!
  • Homosexuality Is Not Sexuality

    11/11/2015 3:08:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Crisis ^ | 11/11/15 | Deacon Jim Russell
    Events of recent memory have left my head spinning in disbelief–”Caitlyn,” same-sex so-called “marriage,” three women “marrying” in South America, and, yes, “gay Catholics” and “chaste gay couples.” With me, you may wonder how all this has emerged in a short few decades of social upheaval.I may have an answer: Society has constructed an unreal cultural landscape in which things that are not sexuality are passed off as sexuality. Even a majority of Catholics are, perhaps unwittingly, swallowing this unreality, hook, line, and sinker.The fabric of this false landscape is language–language that frames everyone and everything in a way that...
  • Gay Lobby and Western Consuls Against the Bishop of Hong Kong

    11/10/2015 7:55:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/8/15 | Paul Wang
    Gay Pride slams Card Tong for defending the family, as a union of a man and a woman. The aim is to enshrine gay "rights" and eliminate "discrimination" in the law, including the recognition of gay marriage. Criticised for not following the pope and the Synod, the bishop calls on Catholics to be vigilant. A workshop on lovemaking techniques involves sex workers showing how to use sex toys and perform massages. For the upcoming District Council elections, the bishop calls on the faithful to take into account candidates' views on gay marriage.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - In the past few days,...
  • New Belgium Archbishop: "Mercy" is "Somewhat Condescending...I Like Words Like......

    11/09/2015 7:08:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/9/15 | Carl Olson
    Archbishop-elect Jozef De Kesel also indicates his hope that the Church will soon allow "divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion."If an archbishop-elect thinks the word "mercy" is "somewhat condescending", what must he think of words such as "sin", "damnation", "hell", and "orthodoxy"? We don't know for certain, but perhaps that is just as well, if only for the sake of keeping one's stomach comments in place. The prelate in question is Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels, interviewed by Kerknet and translated into English by Mark de Vries of "In Caelo et in Terra", who covers Catholic news in the...
  • Still Controversial: Cardinal Danneels and the Conclave of 2005

    11/08/2015 10:39:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/5/15 | Edward Pentin
    German journalist Paul Badde recounts the actions of the Belgian cardinal - whose participation in the recent family synod drew criticism - at the time of Pope Benedict XVI's election.VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' choice of Cardinal Godfried Danneels to attend last month's Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family as one of his 45 papal delegates was heavily criticized on account of the Belgian cardinal's record. The archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, told a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet and refused to forbid pornographic, "educational"...

    11/06/2015 8:02:31 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    zachicks.com ^ | 11/2/15 | Zac Hicks
    “Idolatry happens when we take good things and make them ultimate things.”  ~Tim Keller The following comparisons are meant to be provocative and evocative. Even if stark statements like these generalize and absolutize a bit too much, one thing I have learned from reading the reformers is that the discipline of "dialectic," as they called it (roughly, the practice of pitting ideas and statements against each other for the sake of disputation and dialogue), yields a lot of helpful clarifications. So, I encourage you to take these in that light.These observations have overflowed from the boiling pot of my own wayward heart and...
  • Clash of Cultures: African Priests Making Waves as They Re-Evangelize Ireland

    11/06/2015 2:22:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/4/15 | Steve Weatherbe
    DUBLIN, November 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A Nigerian priest who condemned Irish supporters of same-sex "marriage" has sparked a debate about whether the Irish should accept African priests with unpopularly orthodox beliefs or push for married priests and more roles for women. To Nigerian Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Oyo, it is a no-brainer. "There should be absolutely no problem," he told LifeSiteNews, "for priests from anywhere in the world to come back and help Ireland," especially after so many Irish missionaries spread the Gospel to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Not everyone agrees, especially after Fr. Joseph Okere allegedly...
  • Saint Peter Damian, "Gomorrah", and Today's Moral Crisis

    11/05/2015 1:57:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/1/15 | CWR Staff
    An interview with Matthew Cullinan Hoffman about his new translation of a treatise against sodomy, pederasty, and clerical corruption penned nearly a thousand years ago by a great reformer and Doctor of the ChurchPope Benedict XVI, in his September 9, 2009 general audience, noted that the Benedictine monk, cardinal, and Doctor of the Church, St. Peter Damian (1007-72), was "one of the most significant figures of the 11th century ... a monk, a lover of solitude and at the same time a fearless man of the Church, committed personally to the task of reform, initiated by the Popes of the...
  • Synod of Discord. Toward a "De Facto Schism" in the Church?

    11/05/2015 1:48:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 11/4/15 | Sandro Magister
    Dominican theologian Thomas Michelet lays bare the ambiguities of the synodal text. Which has not brought unity but has papered over the divisions. The conflict between "hermeneutic of continuity" and "hermeneutic of rupture." The dilemma for Francis ROME, November 4, 2015 - Two weeks after its conclusion, the interpretations of what the synod on the family said still do not match up. For some, this uncertain outcome was intentional. Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, the superior general of the Jesuits whom Pope Francis included on the commission charged with writing the final "Relatio," openly claimed it as a success just after...
  • Elton John Says He Would Like to Meet His 'Hero' Pope Francis

    11/05/2015 1:39:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/5/15 | Staff Reporter
    The musician says the Pontiff has brought the Church 'into the 21st century'Elton John has said he would like to meet Pope Francis, who he has previously described as a "hero". On BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme the musician said he considered Pope Francis an "ally" against conservative bishops in Africa in his views on same-sex relationships. "My sly bet is yes he is. He's just had the [synod] in Rome and I think he's fighting an uphill battle against the African cardinals and bishops." Elton John said his message to the Pope was: "Keep going, keep pushing it....
  • [US Catholic]Bishops Committee Recommends Opportunities for Shared Communion with Lutherans

    11/04/2015 6:04:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Aleteia ^ | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I haven't seen much attention given to this-presumably, the only Holy Communion issues people were writing about and discussing in October involved divorce and remarriage-but this seems to be a pretty big deal: A U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on ecumenical and interreligious affairs plans to send the Vatican a bold suggestion for "expansion of opportunities for Catholics and Lutherans to receive Holy Communion together." The 118-page text of "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist [PDF]," unanimously affirmed by the committee in October, will be submitted to Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for...
  • Vatican Publicizes Clarification of PRIESTS FOR LIFE Status, Good Name, and Excellent Work

    11/03/2015 8:06:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Priests for Life ^ | 11/3/2015 | Priests for Life
    Fr. Frank Pavone announced today that the Vatican has made public its conclusions about the ministry of Priests for Life. Two years ago, the Congregation for Clergy concluded an "Apostolic Visitation" of Priests for Life, which means that they looked at the ministry, its operations, and its finances, in a positive spirit of helping it to grow and operate more effectively. "We are proud of the results of the Visitation," Fr. Frank said. The report says in part, "PFL is present in more than 50 nations, and its work benefits the Church both in the United States and beyond…Without...
  • Pope Francis to Publish First Book of His Papacy

    11/02/2015 6:20:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/30/15 | Jennifer Maloney
    Pope Francis in January will publish the first book of his papacy, written in an interview format with Italian journalist and Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli. The book's world-wide release on Jan. 12 will coincide with a special jubilee "year of mercy" that Pope Francis has called to reach out to alienated members of the church and to non-Catholics in need. In the new book, "The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli," the pope "discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas-reconciliation, the closeness of God-that...
  • Vatican Denies Pope Told Italian Journalist That ‘All Divorced’ Will be Admitted to Communion

    11/02/2015 6:11:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/2/15 | Staff Reporter
    Article quoting Pope Francis by Eugenio Scalfari is 'in no way reliable', says Vatican spokesmanThe Vatican has said that an interview which quotes the Pope as saying that "all divorced who ask will be admitted" to Communion is "in no way reliable" and "cannot be considered as the Pope's thinking". In an article in La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari said the Pope made the comment during a phone interview. According to a translation by traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli, Pope Francis said: "The diverse opinion of the bishops is part of this modernity of the Church and of the diverse societies in...
  • Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage"

    11/01/2015 6:14:58 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 29 October AD 2015 | Metropolitan JOSEPH
    Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage" Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America October 29, 2015 Christ is in our Midst! At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity.< Prologue The holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and the nourishing and substantive meat of spiritual guidance, encouragement, discipline, and reproof, so that Her children may flourish "in the fatherly adoption." Ours is a Christian...
  • Two Years Among the Liberal Theologians

    11/01/2015 9:36:20 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/31/15 | Doris Cummings McLean
    The brain-blowing combination of asserting that what is not Catholic teaching is somehow Catholic teaching and then shrieking like a frightened schoolgirl when the word "heresy" is uttered is what the American Catholic/Jesuit theological academy is all aboutOnce, I was a theologian. But, to tell you the truth, as a believing Catholic who seeks to understand what it is she believes, I am still a theologian. I was taught this on the first day of my "Method in Theology" class in Toronto, and it wrote itself permanently on my heart. All believing Catholics who seek to understand what it is...
  • Love Without Rules

    10/31/2015 5:32:20 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-31-2015 | Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan
    The Pied Piper of Hamelin Not long ago on Facebook an argument broke out about what is at first glance an innocent object—namely, an apple. After my operation I was unable to move around, and I decided to spend the wealth that had suddenly fallen into my lap—free time—on a Facebook discussion. This was on the eve of the feast of the Transfiguration, and I and two other priests were arguing on the theme of whether or not this fruit can be eaten before it has been blessed by the Church on the feast day poetically called by our...
  • Canadian Cardinal Defends Himself Against High-Ranking Vatican Clergy

    10/31/2015 6:44:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/30/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Canada's Cdl. Thomas Collins responds to the spin of Cdl. Donald Wuerl and Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas RosicaROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto is defending himself and other prelates who have been accused of not liking Pope Francis because they voiced concerns about the Synod. The Canadian prelate says sometimes it's a cardinal's duty to raise such concerns and give honest advice to the Pope. Collins was one of around 13 Synod Fathers who signed a leaked, media-hyped letter to Pope Francis raising concerns about the Synod procedure a couple weeks ago. They warned that the gathering's working...
  • Cardinal Wuerl: The Catholic Church is Moving from Legalism to Mercy

    10/30/2015 6:20:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/28/15 | David Gibson
    ROME - "The frame of reference is now going to be: 'What does the Gospel really say here?' That's our first task." That's Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl summing up the new course for Catholicism set by the momentous Vatican meeting of 270 bishops from around the world that concluded last weekend, a three-week marathon in which he played a key role. After often-contentious talks on whether to adapt the Church's approach to issues such as divorce and cohabitation, the high-level synod succeeded in giving Pope Francis a document that offers him significant new flexibility in shaping more pastoral policies. But...
  • What Would Benedict XVI Make of the Synod’s Final Report? He Told Us 30 Years Ago

    10/29/2015 4:34:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/29/15 | Edward Condon
    In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synodThe recent relatio at the end of the family synod was, it was hoped, going to provide some resolution to the vigorous debate on the best means of pastorally accompanying couples who are divorced and civilly remarried, and specifically address the so-called Kasper proposal of admitting them, on a case-by-case basis, to Communion. The space to manoeuvre between the concepts of doctrine and pastoral practice was hotly contested, with some suggesting that the decision about whether or not to receive Communion was a matter...
  • Prominent Prelates Differ Sharply on Synods Final Report

    10/27/2015 4:42:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    In separate interviews following the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Bruno Forte and Cardinal George Pell offered contradictory interpretations of the synods final report, which was approved on October 24. Because the Synod of Bishops is a consultative body, Pope Francis is free to adopt or disregard portions of the final report as he sees fit in any post-synodal documents or decisions. Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Vaticans Secretariat for the Economy, told The National Catholic Register that there is no mention anywhere of Communion for the divorced and remarried. Its not one of the possibilities that...
  • Russian School to be Built in Damascus with Funds Provided by Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society

    10/27/2015 4:16:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/26/15
    Belgrade, October 26, Interfax - The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society will open a Russian school in Damascus. "The foundation of a Russian school will be laid down in Damascus before the end of 2015," Sergey Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, said. "The construction of the school will be funded solely using the money provided by the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society," he said. Stepashin recalled that "once there were some forty Russian schools in Syria." "Now we should revive this tradition," he said.
  • Worlds Only Nun Doll Museum Is a Michigan Treasure

    10/26/2015 2:43:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 26, 2015 | KATHY SCHIFFER
    Northern Michigan is lovely in October, with the trees festooned in autumn glory and the lakes shimmering blue. But tourists who slip through tunnels of golden leaves near Indian River might easily miss one of the area’s most unique attractions: the Nun Doll Museum.Michigan’s Cross in the Woods National Shrine, where the world’s only Nun Doll Museum is located, is worth a visit on its own. Since 1954, it’s been home to a cross hewn of a single redwood tree—at 55 feet, one of the world’s tallest crucifixes. In 1959, a bronze sculpture of Christ, carved by renowned sculptor...
  • Done Roman and Coming Home to the Catholic Church

    10/26/2015 2:22:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 26, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Marcus Grodi’s pun for life could be “Done Roman” because when he was received into the Roman Catholic Church the former Protestant pastor had found his spiritual home and was finally “done roamin’.” Grodi was brought up in a nominally Christian home, trained as a chemical engineer and eventually, after a profound adult conversion experience, trained to be a Presbyterian pastor.However, his experience welcoming new members from other Protestant denominations to his church began to disturb his Presbyterian certainties. Protestant pastor Grodi explained his Presbyterian beliefs from the Bible, but the other Protestant Christians responded by quoting the Scripture...
  • Pope Francis tells youth: The Bible is your most precious treasure, now read it!

    10/26/2015 2:12:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 26, 2015 | Jo-Anne Rowney
    Pope Francis gives a thumbs up (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SCANDAL Oct. 14, 2015. Francis encourages young people to read the Bible, sharing his own reading habits in his prologue for the new YoutCat German Bible The Bible is a “dangerous book” that young people should read daily rather than letting it gather dust on their shelves. “The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often – every day, both on your own and together with others,” the Pope wrote in the prologue for a youth bible published...